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Chelsea Manning will have to remain in prison until she answers questions about Julian Assange

Former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning lost her appeal on Monday when a three-judge panel ruled that they found "no error" in a previous judge's decision to issue a contempt order and hold Manning in jail for refusing to answer questions from a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Politico reports Manning's defense team argued that their client was subjected to illegal electronic surveillance following her conviction by a court martial in 2013. Manning was initially convicted after she admitted leaking hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables and military reports to WikiLeaks. She served seven years in prison for the crime.

Manning must now remain in prison, where she has been held since March, until she provides testimony about Assange, who was secretly indicted by the United States last March for conspiring with Manning to hack a password for a military computer system.

The prosecution team is reportedly pressing Manning so they can bolster their case against Assange. Manning has argued that she acted alone and "simply chose WikiLeaks as the vehicle" to release her information, per The Washington Post, but prosecutors believe she and Assange were working together more closely.